Mats Hummels: 'We must keep the ball against Real Madrid'

Dortmund defender Mats Hummels in action against Manchester City on December 4, 2012
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Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels believes that retaining the ball will be key against Real Madrid.

Mats Hummels has insisted that long spells of possession will be vital if Borussia Dortmund are to beat Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

The German club were unbeaten in the two matches against Madrid in the group stage, beating Jose Mourinho's side 2-1 and recording a 2-2 draw in the Spanish capital.

Hummels believes that his team must keep the ball well if they are to reach the final at Wembley.

"Ball possession will be a key factor against Real Madrid," the defender told FIFA.com.

"I remember our match at the Santiago Bernabeu during the group stage. In the second half we did not have the ball for longer than 10 seconds before we lost it again, and then it is really difficult against them."

The first leg of the tie takes place on Wednesday evening.

Bayer Leverkusen player Daniel Carvajal (right) challenges for the ball with Bayern Munich player Xherdan Shaqiri during their sides match on October 28, 2012
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